27th October 2016

29-October-2016 18:59
in General
by Admin

It's been another great week here at Conkwell Grange with five winners and a memorable Cheltenham double. Ballydague Lady started the week off on a good note when obliging despite being the outsider of four. She is one of the three horses in our Racing Club and you can find more details on the 'Ownership' tab if you want to know more and get involved. We took three to Cheltenham on Friday and luck was not on our side as two of our three runners came to grief, falling in the straight. Pinkie Brown made a typical novices mistake early on and just couldn't quite get his landing gear out in time but there wasn't a mark on him and as he fell so early he remains a fresh horse for next time. Fingerontheswitch has had one or two niggly problems this season but was just coming back to himself in the days leading up to his run. Unfortunately just as he was creeping into the race he made a mistake and came down but thankfully, like Pinkie Brown, he is none the worse and could be out again shortly. Velator, meanwhile ran a very brave race to be a close third after setting a decent tempo for most of the way. He's been a tremendously consistent horse for us and he once again showed a liking for Cheltenham having finished second there on his two previous runs at the course and he has come out his race very well. When Minella Definitely fell at the first on Saturday I thought it wasn't going to be our weekend but Fox Norton hauled himself into the lead at the tenth and never looked back to score very impressively by eleven lengths. He was in great form at home and we were very hopeful he would run a big race and we were all delighted with his performance. He has since been raised 15lbs to 161 so that's it for handicaps now and we will be looking at the top two mile races for him this season. His next run could be in the Shloer Chase at the Open Meeting in a few weeks time providing he is in good form at home. Shantou Village was a bit workmanlike in the end but the race wasn't really run to suit and he nearly came down at the open ditch four out, so all in all I was happy with his win. I haven't yet made my mind up whether he will have another run before the ground gets too soft, but we'll see how he and the weather are getting on in the next few weeks before deciding what's best for him. We learnt a lot about Earls Fort the last day when he was a close second to a subsequent winner so we tried different tactics on Tuesday and they paid off big time as he won eased down under our conditional Sean Corby. He has always worked well at home and it's just taken a while to find the key to translating his homework to the racecourse. We are keen to strike while the iron is hot so he is turned out quickly later today under a 7lbs penalty. He was bucking and squealing in the field yesterday so he has obviously come out of his race fresh and well and hopefully he can run a good race again. Fool To Cry made it two out of two over hurdles for us yesterday making the long trip to Fakenham worthwhile. She's a likeable and tough little filly and did well to carry top weight to victory, continuing our rich vein of form. We have plenty of entries to keep the lads busy over the next few days and it's only going to get busier from here on in so it's all systems go as usual here at Conkwell Grange.